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Video: Stellar Results from First-Time TheraTogs Use

In this 1-minute before-and-after video, ABR's Denmark Team shows a child with dystonic Cerebral Palsy with and without TheraTogs. The child demonstrates instantaneous functional improvement through improved structural integrity and re-alignment. Watch the video......

What do TheraTogs do, exactly?

A properly fitted TheraTogs system provides orthotic support to improve postural stability, to enhance functional alignment, and/or to enhance (or inhibit) specific movements. The GoldTone™ garments give the wearer a comfortable, breathable, latex-free “second skin” over his/her trunk and selected limb segments. The fabric is designed to provide vertical stiffness to reinforce trunk stability, and lateral flexibility to grip the soft tissues and provide a comfortable fit. The garments then serve as a Velcro®-sensitive field for attaching elastic TogRite™ strapping, in virtually any configuration, to address the clinician’s rehab objectives.

How do TheraTogs work?

TheraTogs are specialized undergarments and straps customized for the wearer to create a live-in system that provides either neuromotor or postural training, or prolonged proprioceptive input.

  • For wearers with biomechanical or neuromotor issues, TheraTogs work by allowing the clinician to set the patient’s body in proper functional alignment, and letting them re-train their body through the ‘practice’ of daily activities. By applying prolonged, gentle forces during activity, TheraTogs can actually change the muscle and connective tissue – and for infants and young children, bone and joint development as well – in favor of better function and better alignment.
  • For wearers with sensory and sensorimotor issues, TheraTogs work by applying consistent, gentle compression and proprioceptive input across the entire trunk, and by offering stability and support in a dynamic system that moves with the wearer.

Using TheraTogs as ‘wearable therapy’, your client can gain the experience and the benefits of an all-day clinical therapy session. This is what we mean when we tell clinicians they can “send their hands home” with TheraTogs.

What kinds of conditions can TheraTogs address? How do I know if TheraTogs can help my client (or my child?)

TheraTogs are so adaptable, it would be challenging to list all their potential applications and uses here. Instead, here are a few guidelines:

If the therapist/practitioner can effect a change in the client’s stability, alignment, mobility, or motor control through unforced handling during a therapy session, it’s likely that this change can be replicated and supported outside the session by a properly configured TheraTogs strapping system.

If you or your therapist feel you’re “running out of hands” and could use a few more to effectively manage problems related to positioning (in a wheelchair or on other devices), or to client handling during therapeutic exercise sessions, you’ll also find in TheraTogs very helpful adjunct to your current management strategies.

If your client (child) presents any of these problems, TheraTogs has been shown to be effective in addressing related stability, alignment, and movement issues:

  • Ataxia
  • Hypotonia
  • Athetosis
  • Core or Trunk Weakness • Intoed gait
  • Out-toed gait
  • Joint deviations
  • Joint laxity
  • Muscle recruitment problems
  • Sensory integration issues
  • Postural mal-alignment
  • Muscle imbalance

See our TheraTogs by Indications web page for more specifics.

How do I know what product and size to order?

The attending clinician identifies the best product model based on the client’s indications and his/her rehab objectives. For our recommended product matchups, see the TheraTogs by Indications web page, or download the Product Selection chart.

TheraTogs are sized according to a combination of weight and specific dimensions. The correct sizing is determined by measurements taken by the clinician, which are then compared to the Sizing Chart appropriate for the desired product.

How do I buy TheraTogs?

In the US: As an FDA Class I medical device, TheraTogs are not an off-the-shelf product, and can only be used under the guidance of a rehab clinician. If reimbursement is a factor, request or obtain TheraTogs through your local DME or O&P Provider; a physician’s prescription may be required by the reimbursing agency. If you or your clinic is buying, you can order from any of the catalog distributors that carry TheraTogs. If the caregiver or client is buying out-of-pocket, he/she can participate, with the attending clinician, in the Research Partner Program. (See the Research Partner Program information for details.)

Outside the US: TheraTogs are available from leading distributors in over 40 countries. See our Global Distributors webpage for details.

Upcoming Events

Jan
29
Mon
TheraTogs @ Table 38 – Hanger Education Fair, Las Vegas @ Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino
Jan 29 – Feb 2 all-day

Hanger’s Education Fair and National Business Meeting is the premiere event for the largest orthotic and prosthetic company in the world. Hanger Education Fair attendees are mostly comprised of Hanger clinicians looking for the latest products and solutions to optimize their patient care and practice.

Feb
14
Wed
Billi Cusick speaks at AAOP Meeting & Scientific Symposium – New Orleans @ Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Feb 14 – Feb 17 all-day

Organized Session: Understanding Spasticity

Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF

In children born prematurely and those with diplegic cerebral palsy (CP), findings obtained with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) are challenging the accuracy of the definition of CP as “a motor disorder caused by a static lesion to the motor cortex resulting in spasticity,” and so, the appropriateness treatment strategies that target spasticity. In this program, the instructor discusses research on spasticity and “spasticity reduction” interventions aimed at deformities and gait pathology in children with CP. She invites participants to consider the significance of deficits in—and orthotic management strategies that optimize – functioning body and joint alignment and postural control.

Mar
10
Sat
Posture and Torso Alignment for Pediatric Neuromotor Training @ Enable Space, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mar 10 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Posture and Torso Alignment for Pediatric Neuromotor Training

A Certified TheraTogs™ Fitter (CTF) Level I Course with Supporting Sciences & Strapping Strategies – Sponsored by FisioVital of Brazil

This introductory program features a review of relevant pediatric orthopedic issues and sciences pursuant to neuromotor re-education for posture and torso alignment, including:

  • Skeletal modeling mechanisms and influences
  • The role of the somatosensory system in postural control acquisition and movement
  • Fundamentals of S.A. Sahrmann’s muscle balance theory
  • Practice-related skills acquisition

Attendees will validate their understanding of these principles and issues in the afternoon lab session, using the TheraTogs Posture & Torso Alignment system. Grouped in teams of three, attendees will be guided through a series of donning and strapping applications that demonstrate the biomechanical principles and management techniques reviewed in the morning session.

Attendees who successfully complete the on-site practicum exam will receive a Certified TheraTogs Fitter (CTF) Level I credential, and are qualified to attend the Level II workshop on the following day.

Mar
11
Sun
Pediatric In-toeing & Out-toeing Management for Neuromotor Training @ Enable Space, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mar 11 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Pediatric In-toeing & Out-toeing Management for Neuromotor Training @ Enable Space, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

A Certified TheraTogs™ Fitter (CTF) Level II Course with Supporting Sciences & Strapping Strategies

This program builds upon the foundation of the PTA CTF Level I Course. It features a brief review of pediatric orthopedic lower-extremity (LE) skeletal and joint development as it occurs in the transverse plane i.e. medial and lateral joint rotation and medial and lateral long bone torsion – and in relation to deviations in foot progression angle (FPA) i.e. in-toeing and out-toeing.  Lecture details

Apr
14
Sat
Lecture Brasil CTF 1 and 2 – Goiânia (Certified Togs Fitter 1 & 2 – Brazil) @ Acadêmicos e Profissionais de Fisioterapia
Apr 14 – Apr 15 all-day
Descritivo CTF 1  Este programa apresenta uma revisão das questões ortopédicas pediátricas na ciência que suportam o uso do TheraTogs na reeducação neuromotora, incluindo:
Tópicos abordados: 
– Influências e mecanismos de modelagem esquelética.
– Papel do sistema somatosensorial na aquisição do controle postural e dos movimentos.
– Fundamentos da teoria de equilíbrio muscular de Sahrmann.
– Aquisição de habilidades relacionadas a prática.
CTF 2 – Treinamento em Gerenciamento Neuromotor Pediátrico dos Pés (In-toeing & Out-Toeing)
Descritivo CTF 2 – Este programa foi desenvolvido sobre as bases estabelecidas no Treinamento Postura & Alinhamento do Tronco (CTF nível I). Ele considera uma breve revisão Ortopédico-Pediátrica do desenvolvimento do esqueleto e articulações das extremidades inferiores (LE): como ele acontece no plano transversal – rotação medial e lateral das articulações e torção medial e lateral dos ossos longos – em relação aos desvios progressivos dos ângulos dos pés (FPA) – por exemplo pés virados para dentro e para fora.
 
Tópicos abordados: 
– Aprofundamento em modelagem esquelética no plano transverso de membros inferiores.
– Precauções sobre enfaixamento em rotação.
– Revisão da aquisição do controle postural na influência e no alinhamento de membros inferiores.
– Implementação da teoria de Sahrmann no contexto na cinesiologia dos enfaixamentos de rotação de membros inferiores.
– Revisão de avaliação músculo esquelética para identificar desvios no ângulo de progressão dos pés.

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Testimonial

“My four year old daughter got TheraTogs two days ago. The change in her walking is AMAZING. She used to walk with her left foot/leg turned in 45 to 90 degrees. Braces were not stopping this rotation from the hip. But now both of her feet face forward! She looks great! She absolutely loves wearing her “super suit”

— Daria, Mom